Stiliyan, Henrik, Scott, Brendan, Stoichkov and Mendieta


I listened to Stiliyan Petrov talk calmly about cancer yesterday, as he sat with Liverpool’s James Milner ahead of your Foundation’s Match for Cancer next month.  Just a few decades ago, his recovery would be considered miraculous.

Cancer will affect one in every two of us.  That rate is higher than ever, as people live longer, but, what was a death sentence all too recently, is now treatable and often curable.

If you have been around CQN for long enough, you will know stories like Stiliyan’s are not always how things conclude.  We have lost too many of our number, and more of our loved ones, to this awful disease.

So the work goes on.  In memory of those we have lost, in appreciation of those who have come through successful treatment, and in that hope that our futures are increasingly spared.  Cancer success stories are one of the wonders of the modern world, and while millions suffer this illness, millions more contribute to the cause of treating and eradicating it.

The game itself will be a gathering of the Celtic clans, not just because of the way this disease has touched so many, but because Henrik will once more grace Celtic Park, as will Lubo, the brilliant Hristo Stoichkov, and the phenomenal Gaizka Mendieta.

Scott Brown will play too and Brendan is manager of Stiliyan’s team.  The great and the good are touched by this affliction, which is rapidly being controlled thanks to the efforts of millions.

The game takes place on Sunday 8 September (it’s an international break).  Tickets cost £14 or £6 concessions.  You can buy them here.

I Look forward to seeing you there.

Welcome to Celtic, Daniel Arzani.  The 19-year-old winger-come-central defender (lighten up, honestly!) arrives on a two year loan, having joined Manchester City a few days ago.

A word of caution – an away game in the League Cup is not the game I would choose to play tomorrow.  Get the job done professionally, Celtic.

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  1. PHILBHOY on 17TH AUGUST 2018 12:07 PM





    When I read your posts I imagine you hammering the letters of the keyboard and steam coming out of your ears.



    There are many more things in my life that worry me more than Celtic.



    Hope you are well!

  2. traditionalist88 on

    TIMJIM on 17TH AUGUST 2018 11:56 AM



    NEGANON2 on 17TH AUGUST 2018 12:03 PM



    He looks like a very skilful player.



    Notwithstanding other issues, shouldn’t we be past the stage of reacting negatively because we don’t know much about a new signing? Didn’t we learn anything from signing Lubo? (Clearly, before anyone gets excited, not a comparison of the two players abilities btw…simply a reason to hold fire until the guy has had a chance to play for us)




  3. He may be skilfull but he wont be our player if he is…… and BR didn’t sign him but PL for MC benefit

  4. Rodgers said last week we lost Stuart Armstrong and Paddy Roberts and they need to be replaced as a bare minimum.



    I assume Arzani is Paddy’s replacement and McGinn (sigh) would have been Armstrong’s.



    However, still have Lewis Morgan to come back although im not sure how ready he is for the Celtic first team.



    Two weeks left to get a couple in for the backline RB/CB and we should be alright…



    Gon just win the mora

  5. It was great seeing BBJ and Stan looking so


    fit and healthy on Tuesday night..



    Cancer.. puts groveling about Tuesday nights result, well and truely into perspective!

  6. traditionalist88 on

    TIMJIM on 17TH AUGUST 2018 12:14 PM





    When do you think we will see him in the first team. Will he even get ahead of Lewis Morgan





    Morgan – age 21, 2 senior caps friendlies


    Arzani – age 19, 5 senior caps



    Can’t we hope they’re both great?




  7. traditionalist88 on

    MARADOMINIC on 17TH AUGUST 2018 12:16 PM


    He may be skilfull but he wont be our player if he is…… and BR didn’t sign him but PL for MC benefit



    MARADOMINIC on 17TH AUGUST 2018 12:17 PM


    Why didn’t Celticsign him from Oz if he was scouted by us?





    The reality of the transfer market is if Man City want him then in most cases will get him. And the aim of a loan deal is mutual benefits, so lets see.



    He looks like he has bags of talent. We have football matches to win against teams who like to defend in numbers. Lets see how he does.




  8. I would be very interested in hearing comments from anyone here on a theory I have in my head, hoping of course I am totally incorrect.


    I do not claim to be a psychologist or anything of the sort, but with the “emergence ” of them under Stevie Gee and all the over hype associated with that coupled with with the total desire in all corners of Scotland for them to do well , particularly at our expense, maybe, just maybe we are getting sucked in to all the bull merde attached and we are starting to get a wee tad nervous and believing all the crap. In other words, do you think we have the “collywobbles” and that is showing in our nervousness all over?


    As I say, just a thought




  9. traditionalist88 on

    TIMJIM on 17TH AUGUST 2018 12:30 PM




    You are talking about Australia and Scotland.





    Clearly – your point being?!

  10. Reading that list of duds we have signed over the last few years had me reminiscing(!) about the 1970s/1980s when we had the pleasure of seeing the following wearing the hoops:



    Willie Garner



    Derek McWilliams



    Joe Filippi



    Brian Whittaker



    Jimmy Bone



    Roy Baines



    Ian Andrews






    I’ll stop there and go for a lie doon!




  11. John1314mac on 17th August 2018 12:24 pm




    It was great seeing BBJ and Stan looking so




    fit and healthy on Tuesday night..




    Cancer.. puts groveling about Tuesday nights result, well and truely into perspective!



    John1314mac, great post



    Hail Hail



    D :)

  12. CELTIC BY NUMBERS on 17TH AUGUST 2018 12:20 PM



    Interesting. Going by those stats, and assuming he hasn’t regressed too much in last three years, a Denayer/Ajer pairing could be the way ahead. Especially if we get a more experienced CH in as well to assist, play in a three, and an upgrade at right back.


    I still think we lack a more defensive minded midfielder to help Brown, especially in European games.

  13. Kinglubo


    What I’ve of them this season, they’ve certainly improved, especially in defence. Then again, there was plenty room for that.

  14. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Strange signing. Not exactly a priority position. Hopefully he is a decent player at least.


    Still a couple of defenders short.


    Two weeks left. Hope someone knows what they are doing…..

  15. Having watched Master Arzani in the A-League I’d suggest tempering expectations. Super skills, often used as a sub and, to my eyes, questionable final ball/decision making. If a stop-gap CD is needed, Socceroo Mark Milligan is available; not fast but tough, reads game well, can play mid and backline.

  16. Gary67 / Celtic By Numbers



    Another plus factor with Denayer is his goal threat – 6 goals in 1 season – versus our current pitiful scoring rate from corners and free kicks into the box.




    Sorry to add to your stress but you missed



    Roy Kay


    Frank Munro’s Huge Arse


    John Dowie

  18. I met Stiliyan yesterday in Celtic Park.


    I had been given the privilege of handing over the CQN £1000 cheque to him for the match for cancer. Thank you to BlantyreKev for making this possible.


    ( there are pictures of me handing over the cheque but I don’t know how to upload them)


    It was a terrific honour for me to share stories and experiences of cancer with Stiliyan, as well as all the usual Celtic chat.


    Talking with Stiliyan, a fellow cancer survivor, helped me immensely in assimilating all the experiences of this past year. It makes one all the more appreciative of the people who supported me through this difficult time. It is most humbling.



    Hail Hail





    If ever there was a match worth supporting it is this one on September 8th.

  19. MARADOMINIC on 17TH AUGUST 2018 12:16 PM


    He may be skilfull but he wont be our player if he is…… and BR didn’t sign him but PL for MC benefit



    Who’s your mole? por cierto

  20. KingLubo



    Aye. I think it is because we have had it pretty easy the last few years and have not only got used to winning, but got used to laughin at them at every opportinity.



    Any sort of improvement from them is threatening what we have become used to and the thought of them winning anything again is too much to bear



    I dont think this transfers to the players though if anything this sort of competion is good for getting players focused and ‘in the zone’



    I’m not sure however how its viewed by the board…

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